Looks like HBO might be having a worse week than you. In a matter of five days, the giant television network got hit by not one, but two cyber attacks where hackers stole “thousands of Home Box Office (HBO) internal company documents,” according to IP Echelon, a security company hired to scrub search results. Google sent a notice to the network in order for the site to remove the links to the hacked files.
1.5 terabytes of data were hacked including infrastructural data and personal information of employees. Of the hacked files were scripts of an upcoming episodes including “Game of Thrones,” “Insecure,” “Ballers,” “Room 104,” and “Barry.” Experts say it was suggested that there’s more hacking to come.
“Game of Thrones” is the number one pirated show on television, and with its latest popularity, is facing more risks than ever. To save its reputation and integrity, the television network is prioritizing cybersecurity, ensuring major hacks like these don’t spoil their sult-following shows and put employees’ safety at risk.
HBO CEO Richard Plepler reported in a staff email obtained by Entertainment Weekly, “The problem before us is unfortunately all too familiar in the world we now find ourselves a part of. As has been the case with any challenge we have ever faced, I have absolutely no doubt that we will navigate our way through this successfully.”